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Chemeketa basketball teams finish season at NWACC tournament

Chemeketa basketball teams finish season at NWACC tournament

By Matt Rawlings

Even though both Chemeketa basketball teams were big underdogs heading into the NWACC tournament, that didn’t stop them from winning games and competing mightily against the best teams in the conference.

After losing their opening round game to top-seeded Clark College on March 1, the Chemeketa men’s team bounced back the following day to defeat Columbia Basin, 86-83.

Chemeketa guard Bryce White dropped a game-high 40 points as well as grabbing 15 rebounds.

Chemeketa forward Dominique Lawrence also added 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Chemeketa wing Kyle Atkinson said, “We were able to recover after the loss because we wanted to be there all four days. We wanted to play [together] as long as possible.

“We weren’t ready to be done yet. We came out with even more intensity, and guys stepped up in big ways.”

The Storm followed its day-two victory with an 83-77 win the next day against Big Bend.

Chemeketa wing Adam Westfall led the way with 17 points on 5 of 8 shooting from behind the line, and Chemeketa forward Jalen Schlegel added 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Storm, however, could not continue its success on day four, losing to Treasure Valley by an 87-80 score and ending the season with an 8th place finish.

Even though the finish wasn’t ideal, the Storm’s players can still look back at the strong season they had and look forward to next year.

Atkinson said, “The season overall went great. We had a lot of fun, and all of us got better at the game we love. Relationships grew, and everyone got along. There were a few rough patches, but we got through it as a family and went farther than anyone expected.”

After a 5-point loss to Lower Columbia on March 1, the Chemeketa women’s team was able to bounce back the following day with a 53-51 thriller over Peninsula.

Chemeketa guard Taylor Munson led the way with 17 points, and forward Irma Savoy added 16 points.

The Storm played hard on the tournament’s third day, but the effort wasn’t enough as they fell to Bellevue 61-53, which ultimately ended their tournament run.

“I am so proud of the way fought and played our hearts out for 40 minutes each and every night,” Chemeketa guard Codi Shull said.

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